Every year, usually announced at the Stowmarket Striders Christmas Party, the club announces the male and female Club Champions, the Striders of the Year and the Coaches Awards.
The club championships are a series of 6 races held over the summer months using a handicapped system over a set 5km route from Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre. Full details of this series can be found on the Club Championships page. Male and Female winners each receive a shield engraved with their name.
The 2016 Winners are:
|1st Overall||Kate Beer||1st Overall||Matt Tomkins|
|2nd Overall||Emma Attwood||2nd Overall||Andre Neville|
|3rd Overall||Vicki Hobbs||3rd Overall||Don Beatty|
|Senior||Laura Brown||Junior||Alfie Larke|
|FV35||No qualifier||Senior||James Hayward|
|FV40||No qualifier||MV40||Andrew Elliot|
|FV45||Julia Moss-Erchart||MV45||Nigel Bostock|
|FV50||Debbie McDowell||MV50||Steve Hughes|
|FV55||Denise Robinson||MV55||Iain Hunter|
|FV60||Jean Lynch-Aird||MV60||Stephen Mead|
|FV65||Anne Fish||MV65||Ron Ames|
Strider of the Year
2016 Ladies winner is Julia Baldwin
2016 Men's winner is Peter Tricker
This award is voted by the members of the club. Voting for your male and female Strider of the Year can be based on a number of factors:-
Who you think has ran their hearts out during the past year.
Who you think has worked hardest on behalf of the club.
Who you think has represented the club best.
Who you think has entertained us best.
Who you think has been more than just a Strider member.
Who you think deserves the grand title of Strider of the Year.
Voting starts a few weeks before the Christmas Party, usually mid-November, and ends on the night of the Christmas Party. The Chairman will then count the votes and announce the winner on the night.
The Mens Strider receives for the following year the 'George Leggett Cup', a pewter cup in memory of a club member, George Leggett, who died before his time in 2004.
The Ladies Strider of the year receives the 'Bridget Payne' Memorial Bowl, a beautiful Irish Crystal glass bowl.
|2016||Peter Tricker||Julia Baldwin|
|2015||Jason Allard||Julia Baldwin|
|2014||Tim Larke||Angela Burdett|
|2013||Ron Ames||Mary Narey|
|2012||Frank Moggan||Denise Wright|
|2011||Chris Seymour||Mary Narey|
|2010||Frank Moggan||Jo Stephenson|
|2008||Stuart Green||Abi Paton|
|2007||Frank Moggan||Mary Narey|
|2006||Chris Starmer||Debbie Ghant|
|2005||Chris Starmer||Glenda Taylor|
|2004||Les Basham||Sue Garrod|
|2003||Peter Tricker||Tammy Jordan|
|2002||Grayhame Fish||Ellen Boughton|
|2001||Richard Nash||Katy Nash|
|2000||Nick Stephens||Anne Fish|
5K Track Challenge - Most Improved Awards
Melody-Ann Neville and Andy Hayward
2016 awards went to Angela Brinkley, Emma Attwood, Melody-Ann Neville, Richard Leeder, James Hayward and Stephen Mead
This prestigous award comes from the coaches to those who they believe have run their hearts out and had the biggest success at achieving their own goals.
Congratulations to all recipients.
London Marathon Places
Each UK Athletics-affiliated club is guaranteed a number of places dependant upon the number of club members amongst other criteria. The Stowmarket Striders usually have 3 or 4 guaranteed places to the London Marathon. Having met certain club criteria, each club member can apply for one of these places. Since there are normally more applicants than places, names are drawn from a hat at the Christmas Party. Applicants lucky enough to win places for the 2015 Virgin London Marathon are:
Frank Moggan, Mark Skoulding, Philip Green
We wish those runners lots of luck not only for race day but for all the training they will endure for the next few months before the big day.